What can 250,000 people do in their spare time to earn money?
September 21, 2011 3:07 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to help 250,000 unskilled, decentralized workers on a flexible part-time basis earn money at home in their spare time? Solutions should be a) legal, b) scalable, c) easy to learn/implement.
posted by KiddAnnica to computers & internet (32 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Where I live there are a large number of maids (250,000) whose time is under-utilized at the households they live/work at. It would be great to find a way to help them make a bit more money to send back to their home country, but how? I've thought about ways to help them make better use of their spare time, maybe through manual means (ie. crafts) or possibly online (ie. character farming on online games). The best solution will give opportunities to people who are willing to work for them...not exactly like micro-financing, but in the same spirit.
I'm really interested in building a sustainable model that can help them earn money to send home, and also give them a sense of confidence and ownership over their lives beyond their maid services.
Are there some ways that can help these maids make money in their spare time that takes into account:
- decentralized location (they all live at their employers' homes)
- largely unskilled, but all are literate in English
- legal and non-demeaning options only (ie. nothing sexual)
- scalable - a solution that could grow exponentially, (maybe technology-related?)